Director, Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management, D1

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 3 August 2018

Job Description

This position is located in the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management, Tehran, the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Director of the Asia and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management, under the oversight of the Executive Secretary of ESCAP, manages staff in the Centre to carry out its work programme in disaster risk reduction.


1. Leads, supervises and carries out the work programme of the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management. Coordinates the work carried out by different work units under the Centre in accordance with the Statute of the Centre based on the priorities of ESCAP’s Strategic Framework and Programme of Work and ESCAP’s technical cooperation and capacity development programme for disaster risk reduction.

2. Coordinates and oversees the preparation of reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as the Governing Council of APDIM, Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction and the Commission and other policymaking organs, as appropriate.

3. Reports to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports.

4. Ensures that the outputs produced by the Centre maintain high quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the work units under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.

5. Coordinates and collaborates with the Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division, the Environment and Development Division and other Divisions, Institutes and Subregional Offices of ESCAP in preparing the work programme of the Centre and in formulating and implementing the substantive work of the information and communications technology and disaster risk reduction subprogramme of ESCAP, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of programmed outputs by the Centre and their timely delivery.

6. Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Centre, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance, interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates and preparation of inputs for results based budgeting.

7. Recruits staff, taking due account of geographical balance and gender parity.

8. Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.

9. Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Centre and across organizational boundaries.

10. Leads and supervises the organization of meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive issues. Manages the substantive preparation and organization of such meetings or seminars.

11. Participates in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic/substantive expertise on an issue, or holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.

12. Serves as Secretary of the Governing Council of APDIM.

13. Represents the Centre at international, regional or national meetings.

14. Coordinates with the authorities of the host Government to strengthen engagement and identify opportunities for expanding technical cooperation.


Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, public administration, natural resources management, engineering or areas relevant to the work on disaster risk reduction. A relevant first level university degree in the above fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience: A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in strategic planning and implementation of regional capacity development programmes, in particular related to disaster risk reduction, or related fields. Experience in leading and managing sizable work units is required. Work experience in capacity building in disaster information management in developing country context is desirable. Experience of working in Asia Pacific is desirable.

Language: Fluency in written and oral English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.

Applications Deadline: 31 August 2018

About the Organization

The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote inclusive economic, social and environmental development and support regional cooperation and integration in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership, through its analytical, normative and technical cooperation, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.

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